I am not typically one for celebrity memoirs but this isn’t about being a celebrity. This is Jolie’s memoir on her time as a Goodwill Ambassador. It was published in 2003 and I had read it shortly after it came out. Here’s the actual write up on it from Goodreads:
From the ever-intriguing and appealing actress Angelina Jolie comes the personal journals she compiled while performing humanitarian relief efforts in such countries as Sierra Leone and Tanzania, Pakistan and Cambodia.
Three years ago, award-winning actress Angelina Jolie took on a radically different role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Here are her memoirs from her journeys to Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Ecuador, where she lived and worked and gave her heart to those who suffer the world’s most shattering violence and victimization. Here are her revelations of joy and warmth amid utter destitution…compelling snapshots of courageous and inspiring people for whom survival is their daily work, and candid notes from a unique pilgrimage that completely changed the actress’s world view — and the world within herself.
I know there are all kinds of news and gossip surrounding Jolie all the time, but I had loved reading this memoir. It was one of the first non-fiction books I had read and my inspiration to read more memoir once I had started blogging about women and feminism. I’m probably due for a reread…..
Has anyone else read this book? What did you think of it?